Thursday, November 24, 2011

happy thanksgiving!

We had our Thanksgiving dinner a day early so we could celebrate with Matt's parents (who left for the east coast this morning).  It was a phenomenal meal with many of the people I love, and we couldn't have been more thankful.  As a bonus, today was also amazing - we did nothing but relax, eat delicious leftovers, and count our many blessings. 

I am a lucky, lucky girl.

Monday, November 21, 2011

baby charlie: month two

Oh Charlie boy, how we love you!  You started smiling (really smiling) at two weeks old, and now you can't seem to stop.  Unless of course you're pooping, because everyone knows how much you hate pooping.  And there's also that expression you use when you think your parents are doing something ridiculous . . .

Yeah, that's the one.

Friday, November 18, 2011

in the mood . . . holiday movie marathon

I know, I know - it's not even Thanksgiving yet!  And yet here I am, once again suffering from a condition that bitter anti-consumers call the "Christmas Creep" (apparently I don't have the self-restraint that Nordstrom possesses).  Personally I don't mind that retailers start airing Christmas commercials immediately after Halloween, or that the red cups at Starbucks seem to debut a little earlier each year.  I love everything about this season - the pop-up ice skating rink at Union Square, the Macy's window displays, seeing the world dressed up in those pretty white lights.  In my experience, people are generally happier and nicer to each other during the holidays, so why not stretch the season out a little longer? 

If the inclement weather in SF persists this weekend, I fully intend to indulge my holiday urges in the form of a movie marathon.  These are just a few of my favorites . . .

Clockwise from top left: Elf, Bridget Jones's Diary, Serendipity, Love Actually, A Christmas Story, White Christmas

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

new mom milestones

Hands off my beer, baby.
This past weekend our little family ventured out for brunch at a favorite restaurant (Foreign Cinema, where we got married) - one of our first public outings with Mr. Binks.  Despite all our overblown fears, he actually performed quite well!  Which makes it more difficult in the future to say things like "Sorry we can't come to your thing, but, you know . . . two month old." 

Compared to some of our friends, we haven't been the most adventurous parents thus far.  It's mostly my fault - I'm already an anxious person by nature; add a tiny, fragile human being to the equation and I'm on the express train to Crazytown.  It's taken me awhile to return to the land of the living, and I'm still not quite there yet.  But so far there have been a few milestones I'm overly proud of, including:

First walk with the Ergo!

First walk with the stroller!

First dinner party!

First drive with the baby by myself!!!  (This one just happened last week, booya)

Friday, November 4, 2011

searching for . . . supercool baby onesies

While C's daily wardrobe consists of hand-me-downs and whatever I can find on super-sale at Baby Gap, I have been splurging a bit on the bright, graphic onesies he'll wear in his monthly photos.  Here are a few that recently caught my eye.

For month-by-month photo inspiration, check out this Ohdeedoh post.

1. Brooklyn Junior  2. Redsnapper  3. Colette Kids  4. DwellStudio  5. Sprout  6. Mimosa

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

gift idea: new mom sur-thrive-al kit

As my good friend Sarah says, the first few weeks with a newborn are all about survival, which means that as a new mother you should be prepared to look and feel like total hell.  Of course, you're also so exhausted and exhilarated and in love with your baby that you don't really care how you look - until later, when that picture of you with the adult acne and pitstains shows up on Facebook.

And the thing is, there are some quick and easy things you can do to make yourself feel a little less like a dirtbag zombie and more like the adorable new mom that everyone else sees.  So from here on out, I'm giving all my new mom friends a basket of goodies designed to make help do more than survive - dare I say, thrive?  One can only dream . . .

1.  Smith's Rosebud Salve - Soothes lips, cuticles, and dry patches with a pretty scent.
2.  Yummy tea - I find this Honey Vanilla Chamomile flavor comforting.
3.  Benefit Boo Boo Zap - Because you will get boo boos.
4.  First Aid Beauty Detox Eye Roller - Straight out of the fridge this feels like heaven.
5.  Healthy snacks - Almonds always make me feel like I'm taking good care of myself.
6.  Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes - Wash your face in less than 5 seconds!

Monday, October 31, 2011

happy halloween!

This weekend we ventured out to the pumpkin patch with Charlie.  It took about 3 hours of preparation for a 20 minute excursion, but was totally worth it to finally get out of the house for a bit.  And because I never get tired of posting photos of my spawn, I give you "Charles Among the Pumpkins" (one of about 100 shots we took that look just like this). 

Halloween certainly is different when you have kids!  Matt and I got to reminiscing after a group of revelers passed our house on Saturday night, making a ruckus that we feared might wake the babe.  In a city where people will find any excuse to wear a costume, Halloween is like the Super Bowl of holidays.  Over the years I've braved the cold weather in skimpy outfits, competed with drunken masses for cabs, waited in ridiculously long lines to buy expensive drinks.  To tell the truth, I'm excited for this next phase of family-friendly Halloweens.  In fact I told my husband that if we ever move to the suburbs, I want us to be the ones with the haunted house (a la Modern Family - one of my favorite episodes).

However you celebrate, hope it's a great one!

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